From the Publisher: This poignant collection, compiled from Kingston's healing workshops, contains the distilled wisdom of survivors of five wars, including combatants, war widows, spouses, children, conscientious objectors, and veterans of domestic abuse. Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace includes accounts from people that grew up in military families, served as medics in the thick of war, or came home to homelessness. All struggle with trauma-PTSD, substance abuse, and other consequences of war and violence. Through their extraordinary writings, readers witness worlds coming apart and being put back together again through liberating insight, community, and the deep transformation that is possible only by coming to grips with the past.
Introduction: Tell the truth, and so make peace / Maxine Hong Kingston Finding my heart / Louise Amlong Gallipoli Beach / Yigal Ben Haim Sound shy / Shepherd Bliss Dawn at my back: memoir of a black Texas upbringing; Camp Pendleton, California-May 1975 / Carroll Parrott Blue For soldiers not known / Bonnie Bonner Night the war begins in Iraq, we're learning CPR; Wintering cranes in the San Joaquin Valley / Nancy Sue Brink Voyages of the SS Joshua Hendy / Joe Brotherton Dear Commander in Chief; Easter; Spin drift / Sean Mclain Brown Voluntary disarmament in Iraq / Jim Castellanos Liberation Day / Tom Currie McGuffin; How low is it to be a mouse, a spider, a snake?; Why did I let you live; Fred said, compassionately witness trigger-don't shoot the messenger / Denis Dass Good time / Dennis Drury Walk in the Garden of Heaven; Spring dawn / George Evans 2 to 7 watch / Dan Fahey How can a human being learn to love a people then kill them?; Red Fox / Jim Fauss Brown bread; Cool dad; Charlie don't surf / Dennis Fritzinger Haiku; Fathers and sons / Gary Gach Body escort / Robert Golling, Jr Two husbands in Vietnam / Ron Greenberg Dream catcher; Wall / Sara Haines Booby trap; Light casualties / Donald L Handley War in the house / Edie Heinemann Geese / Larry Heinemann Remanded to the Nam / Martin Higgins Women on the island / Ho Anh Thai Field of heads / Hanh Hoang Firing blanks at moving targets / Doug Howerton Prayer of Saint Francis / John Patrick Ignatius Child of God; Bird grieves for the man they killed / Elijah Imlay My father's photograph; Stealing fish / Chanpidor Janko Buffalo boy / James Janko Magenta alert / Phil Johnson Rosary; On point; Platoon Sgt Francisco Royas; We need / Robert Jost American reader / Wayne Karlin Esh / Miki Kashtan Silent scream; Holiday madness / Sharon Kufeldt Reuniting Gondwanaland; Perdition; Little fool; Measure of the man; One small exception / Joe Lamb True geography of meeting; In the silence / Robert Landman New Vietnam / William Larsen Shattered dream / Pauline Laurent Fragile as a sunray / Le Minh Khue Movie song; Movie song II; Beating / Jade Lee Gatesville / Michael Litle Place called home / Morgan Jane Lott C O; Elephants walking; Hue, in darkness; Occasional verses at Con Son, after the war / Fred Marchant Hopper's last BBQ / Roman A "Hopper" Martinez Hunt / Keith Mather Hope, the thing with feathers; Weaving peace; Recipes for Independence Day, Labor Day, Harvest, Interdependence Day / Phyllis Meshulam Regulations; Slightly damaged Buddhas-20% off; Strength to strength / Clare Morris Shipping away; Letters from Lindsey to her dad on active duty somewhere in the Middle East / Don Edward Morris Draft night / Scott Morrison August 10, 2005; Sitting in my yard by the salt marsh yesterday untangling string; PFC Porter Cleveland Bumpus USMC / B Cole Morton Dragon river; My first PBR patrol; VC palm tree; Zen junk-Soirap river day patrol; Floater-Soirap river night patrol / Charlie Sherdyl Motz Shopping cart soldiers / John Mulligan Sister Ambrose, the flying nun / Maureen E Nerli Grief; War; Peace; Words; Love; April; Language / Nguyen Qui Duc Butterfly / Paul Ocampo Connections: Vermont Vietnam; Sad story about the six boys about to be drafted in Brooklyn / Grace Paley Meditation on being a baby killer; Art of window washing / Michael Parmeley Graves reg; Fragments of bacon / Tom Patchell Ride / Redline Close call / Monica Rosenthal I look at him and smile, he looks at me with concern; Dear George / Gregory Ross Skewed; Sea salt; Mrs Martinez; War's confession / Sandy Scull Well by the trail to My An; Poem for Tet; Two squads; Inside the wire; Fort Benning return: 2000; Progress report / Ted Sexauer Her chicks; February on the Jordan Rift; Flowers / Michael Shuval Last time / Barbara Sonneborn Death's journeyman / Richard Sterling Meeting with the goddess: true story of the Vietnamese Annie Oakley / Richard L Stevens Composting America; Salt / Lee Swenson Chicopee flash / John Swensson 10); 12); Soldier's prayer / Claude AnShin Thomas Marble mountain / Daniel Moen Thompson To touch: a Vietnam war medic's diary / Gary Thompson Saigon passional / Buzz Tiffany War dream i; war dream ii / Julie Thi Underhill Nothing to crow about / Christopher Upham Honor's death; To take a street / Michael L Wong Sanctuary; Walking across a burnt field, I feel a puff of ashes up my jeans / Paul Woodruff Petition; Lullaby / Chun Yu Christmas at grandma's; Last call on the farm / Doug Zachary About the editor Vietnam writers group / Michael L Wong Permissions Photo credits Koa books.